Catching one of the World Cup matches in Fortaleza? On the days when you are not cheering on your home nation at Arena Castelão, head over the World Cup 2014 host stadium’s O Espaço Cultural (Cultural Space) to learn about the legendary players and moments from Ceará Esporte Club, one of the two biggest professional soccer clubs in the region. The trophies, photos, shirts, videos and interactive exhibits will peak the interest of any soccer enthusiast. Open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Entry fee is R $10. Closed on match days. To have other amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences during your time at the tourney, order the downloadable guides, Savoring Joga Bonito: The World Cup 2014 Bucket List for Fans in either Rio + São Paulo.
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What happens when three Cruzeiro supporters reunite over beer, grilled meats and music? If they are Weiller Mello, Júnior Caramelo and Gustavo Balaio, you form a pagoda band and call yourselves “Os Camisa 10.” In soccer, the player who wears the number 10 jersey is considered the best on the team. Legends from Pelé to Ronaldinho to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have donned the number for their respective clubs.
It is with the same comparison that the trio of friends named their band The Jersey Number 10. They wanted to send the message that they always want to be the best.
We will be highlighting Os Camisa 10 along with nine other Brazilian musicians in our free download, Pelé 10: Singing Soccer which will be available in the lead up to World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
No FIFA World Cup is without a few surprises. So why would our travel guides for the big competition be any different? Alongside the release of each installment of the Savoring Joga Bonito: The World Cup 2014 Bucket List for Fans, we will accompany it with a free Pelé 10 download. Our Pelé 10 downloads are fun lists that will help you be on top of your game as a soccer tourist in Brazil.
In honor of our legendary freebies, here are 4 interesting facts about our lists’ namesake, Pelé.
- After playing in his first match with the New York City Cosmos, Pelé told a fellow teammate that it would be his first and last game with the club. His gifted feet had strangely turned green, and the superstar couldn’t put them at risk. Fortunately, it was quickly realized that the pitch had been spruced up with green spray paint in honor of his debut, and the color washed right off! You can learn more by watching the film Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos.
- Pelé’s professional soccer debut was at age 15 for Santos Football Club. According to FIFA, it is the only club in the world to score 10,000 goals. The King of Football is responsible for scoring 1,091 of those goals.
- The soccer legend showcased his musical talent by releasing a solo album entitled, Pelé Ginga.
- Pelé’s friend and business partner Celso Grellet mentioned in an interview that the superstar met and befriended John Lennon while they both attended a language school in New York. Pelé was enrolled in an English class while Lennon was there learning Japanese.
Got a fun Pelé story that you want to share? We are all eyes + ears! Write it in the comments below.
Know an Atlanta area young person who wants to help their peers learn more about World Cup 2014? Eat Soccer TV is co-producing a series that will help youth get in the get in the game with the most watched sporting event on the planet. To learn more about this quickly approaching opportunity, take a look at the Huddle Up Casting Flyer.
In honor of World Cup 2014, Eat Soccer is publishing, Savoring Joga Bonito: The World Cup 2014 Bucket List for Fans, a series of digital guides tailored to soccer enthusiasts who will be heading to Brazil during and after the tournament. We enlisted insight from historians, trainers, agents, bloggers and super fans on the best places to have round-the-clock experiences with fellow football fans in every host city. And to make sure the sensory overload doesn’t take you off your game, we share safety tips from a Fluminense fan who owns a top notch security firm in Rio. It is our goal to make sure you have a strategy maximize your once-in-a-lifetime experience at this summer’s competition.
To make it every minute of your time count, Eat Soccer will offer a few freebies to go along with each digital release. It will come in the form of a short digital download called, Pele 10. Every Pele 10 installment will cover ten people, places or things that we feel can serve you on your journey.
We know that, once you announced your trip to Brazil, people put in their souvenir requests. With our Pele 10: Suitcase Stuffers download, we introduce you to ten souvenirs that are worth packing and sharing. Take a read of one suggestion below.
For tourists who want to gift Brazilian chocolate to a soccer fan, head to a grocery store in your host city and grab Lacta’s Diamante Negro. Infused with crunchy pieces of honey and cashew nuts, the milk chocolate bar honors Brazilian soccer legend, Leônidas da Silva.
During the 1938 World Cup in France, French journalist Raymondo Thourmagem was so impressed with the performance of Leônidas da Silva that he nicknamed him Diamante Negro (Black Diamond). It was a moniker that was embraced by Lacta when they changed the name of their milk chocolate bar in 1940 in tribute to one of the country’s greatest athletes. Accompanying the name change was the slogan, “To live is good with Black Diamond it’s better.” (Viver é bom, com Diamante Negro é melhor.)
Stay tuned for more World Cup 2014 tips and extras leading up to the big competition!
Just announced today by Soccerex, English Premiere League Club Chelsea FC is teaming up with the legendary cartoon The Simpsons for an upcoming March episode that highlights the club and the sport. The episode entitled, “You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee” will center on the recruitment of Homer Simpson as a soccer referee. Never short on star power, superstar soccer players Petr Cech, Eden Hazard, Frank Lampard, John Terry and Fernando Torres will make a guest appearance in the episode. This collaboration extends beyond the small screen, as Chelsea FC will be featured on a line of Simpson themed soccer merchandise, promotions and content. The club joins FC Barcelona, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Corinthians, FC Porto, Juventus and Boca Juniors, who have similar partnerships with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.
Are you looking to score during your World Cup 2014 tour of Brazil? For those fans who planned to send the message with the latest line of Adidas t-shirts, the Brazilian government wants you to know its not that type of party. The World Cup 2014 sponsor released a new line of t-shirts that paired thongs with images of a national landmark. In response, country authorities filed a complaint in an effort to combat against sexual tourism as a selling point for the tournament’s tourists. Adidas has subsequently pulled these limited edition tees. They were only available for purchase in the United States.
Do you think Adidas' “lighthearted” messages were lost in translation? Or, do you think the brand knowingly crossed the line?
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Today, Adidas unveiled the ball to be used for the World Cup 2014 matches. With a fun name like Brazuca, it was only fitting that the global brand present its creation to every Brazilian baby born on the day of its coming out party. Parents will have an opportunity to redeem their newborn’s first soccer gift on December 6th + 7th in one of the twelve host cities by showcasing the child’s birth certificate.
Music plays such an important role in Brazilian culture that it is only fitting that the official slogan of next year’s FIFA World Cup is All in One Rhythm. To help aspiring musicians and football fans add to the beat of the tournament, Sony will launch a global SuperSong contest on December 2, 2013. Participants will submit original song proposals for the opportunity to have your music selected, recorded, performed by Ricky Martin and included on the official FIFA World Cup 2014 album.
Here’s a link to the announcement with all of the contest details: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/newsid=2224063/index.html
For those who do decide to enter, please let me know so we can show our support!
What was that one chant, mantra or phrase that helped you win the game? In honor of World Cup 2014, the “Be There with Hyundai Contest” is helping fans use word power to energize their national team with a global slogan competition.
Get creative and come up with a motivational slogan that will inspire your team to raise the trophy on July 11th. One entry for each national team will be selected to appear on the respective team bus for the entirety of the global tournament. Deadline for entries is February 27, 2014.
To learn how to enter: http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/be-there-with-hyundai
FIFA in collaboration with EA Sports FIFA 14 and Sony Playstation 3 are giving gamers an opportunity to take the field for World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Join over 2-and-a-half million players in the latest installment of the FIFA Interactive World Cup so that you can win prizes cash prizes up to $20,000, a trip to the Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich and first-class experiences at World Cup 2014.
With a player from England and one from France grabbing two of the twenty allocated slots, there are still four qualifying seasons left for you to get in the game.
Head on over to www. Fifa.com/interactiveworldcup to get in the game. Good Luck!
Starting on November 4th in Los Angeles, ESPN Deportes will kick off its third installment of Dream Job: El Reportero, a national search to find the final member of the network’s reporter team for World Cup 2014. The live casting event will begin at 2:00 p.m. PST at the Regal Theater. Spanish speaking journalists from across the nation will have an opportunity to participate in six weekly, sports reporter challenges and upload a video for consideration. Eight finalists will be selected by December 20th with top ESPN talent judging hopefuls on the following criteria: soccer knowledge, social media grasp, reporting style and on-camera presence.
To learn more, visit www.espndeportes.com/dreamjob.
For those readers who decide to participate, let me know so I cheer you on!